OSU Today

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012

Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media.

Corvallis, Oregon State named as top college destination (Gazette-Times)

Corvallis has been named one of the best college towns in the country, based on its high quality of life, the academic environment of Oregon State University and the professional opportunities available locally to graduates.

Zinc linked to diseases of old age (KVAL)

Researchers at Oregon State University found that elderly people without adequate zinc in their body are more at risk of a variety of maladies like cancer, heart disease and autoimmune disorders. (see also Health News Report, Science Daily)

Oregon university students pitch ways to make money so they can help an Oregon community (OregonLive)

A team of students from Oregon State University won today’s first ever Oregon Social Business Challenge, held at the Oregon Convention Center, with their proposal, STAR Sports, which will establish a sports league for students with disabilities in Benton County. (see also LIFE@OSU)

Portland’s oldest police horse dies (KOIN)

The Police Bureau would like to extend its gratitude to the veterinarians and staff at Oregon State University’s Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital for their professionalism and compassion during a very challenging and emotional situation. (see also KPIC)

Oregon farmer apparently eaten by hogs, authorities investigating how he died (Washington Post)

Domestic hogs are not typically known to be as aggressive as their feral cousins, but “there is some degree of danger associated with any animal,” John Killefer, who heads the Animal and Rangeland Sciences Department at Oregon State University in Corvallis, told the newspaper. (see also  CBS News, Fox News, Globe and Mail)

Marbled Murrelet on endangered species list for 20 years, still declining (OPB)

Kim Nelson with Oregon State University helped get Murrelets listed 20 years ago and she’s not optimistic about the bird’s future. Nelson said, “In 20 years, I don’t see the situation any better unless things change politically or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is more strict at enforcing the Endangered Species Act.”

Garden nurtures changes in crew (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University student Michael Bosch was not at a good point in his life early last year. He had health problems that led to weight gain, chronic hip pain and the steady use of prescription medications. He answered a flyer recruiting people to work a garden because it offered pay and free produce.

Oregon State study finds communication key to preventing STDs in black teens (Journal of Blacks in Higher Education)

A study conducted by researchers at Oregon State University has found that educational and informational programs directed at Black youths can have a significant impact in preventing STDs. The study, published in the journal Research in Human Development, examined where youth got their information on STDs and how the information they received affected their behavior.

Hatchery fish can succeed if bred from wild (Modesto Bee)

David Noakes, professor of fisheries at Oregon State University and senior scientist at the Oregon Hatchery Research Center, was not part of the study. He said the research was well done and published in a highly respected journal. (see also Spokesman Review)

Sopranos actor to speak at OSU (Democrat-Herald)

Joe Pantoliano, an actor from the television series “The Sopranos,” will visit Oregon State University on Thursday, Oct. 11, to speak about his experiences with depression, and his creation of the nonprofit organization “No Kidding, Me Too!!,” which aims to remove the stigma associated with mental illness.

OSU researchers find potential in semi-dwarf trees (Ethanol Producer)

Researchers at Oregon State University recently outlined the latest findings on reduced height growth in trees through genetic modification, and concluded that several advantageous growth traits could be achieved for short-rotation forestry, bioenergy, or more efficient water use in a drier, future climate.

Northwest books (Seattle Times)

“The Tangled Bank: Writings from Orion” by Robert Michael Pyle (Oregon State University Press, $18.95; release date Oct. 1, 2012). In this collection of essays, previously published in Orion and Orion Afield magazines, the author shares “his meticulous observations of the endless and fascinating details of the living earth.”


Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Special Seminar: Susan M. Smith, Professor of Nutritional Sciences, University of Wisconsin – Madison, will present a seminar – “Environmental and Genetic Influences on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: A Tale of Iron, Calcium and β-catenin” at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2 in 4001 Ag Life Sciences.

TAC Webinar: Improving PowerPoint Design | Teaching Tactics, with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). This webinar is designed to help instructors improve slide design/creation skills in order to better support teaching and learning. Oct. 2, 3 to 3:50 p.m. Register here: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/index.php?option=com_events_sessions&task=view&id=650 . Visit the TAC page http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars for more information about TAC webinars.

Horticulture seminar: Tom Cook, emeritus professor with OSU Department of Horticulture, will speak on “Searching for Sustainability, Adventures in Writing a Text Book, on Oct. 2, 4 p.m., ALS 4000

Upcoming Events

NEW! “Who’s Your Doctor Now? Maybe the Church”: Free talk by The Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Thursday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room. His talk will examine recent debates over reproductive rights, President Obama’s healthcare plan, and religious opposition to contraceptive coverage. Info: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/slcs/home

NEW! Indonesian climate change expert: Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Indroyono Soesilo, the Secretary of the Coordinating Ministry for People’s Welfare for the Republic of Indonesia, and a senior advisor on climate change, will speak at 7 p.m., Oct. 25, on “Global Climate Change: Role of Indonesian Archipelago and Global Challenges,” in the LaSells Stewart Center, Construction and Engineering Hall.

Open Enrollment & 2013 HEM Help Sessions: Oct. 3, 1 to 4 p.m., Valley Library Barnard Classroom (5th floor #5420). Benefits Staff will be available to answer questions and provide assistance in completing Open Enrollment and/or the HEM online health assessment. For a complete listing of the Help Sessions, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/openenrollment#help-sessions

TAC Workshop: Excellence in Media: The Pedagogy of Video | Professional Proficiencies, with Steve Roberts (TAC-CTL). What are effective uses of video in the classroom? Why use video at all? How does this overlap with what research tells us about effective education? Bring laptops. Oct. 3, 3 to 3:50 p/m., Milam 215. Register: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/index.php?option=com_events_sessions&task=view&id=647. Visit the TAC page http://oregonstate.edu/tac/workshops for more information about TAC webinars.

Evening Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for our monthly evening public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings; personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, visit our website http://surplus.oregonstate.edu/public/osused.

Encourage sophomores to attend focus group: OSU is conducting focus groups with sophomore students to learn more about what will help make for a more positive first year experience for future students. The first focus group will be held in Milam 215 on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. Free pizza. For information: Allyson.Dean@oregonstate.edu

Lt. Dan Choi, Queer History Month Keynote Speaker: The acclaimed LGBT rights and veterans’ health activist, known for his work opposing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” will present on his experiences with the policy and his diverse identities. This event will be free admission for all on Oct 3. at LaSells Stewart Center/Austin Auditorium. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/406864366035025/

Faculty art reception: The Oregon State University Art Faculty Exhibit invites the public to a closing reception at 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3 in Fairbanks Gallery.

Employee Benefits Fair: Oct. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., MU Ballroom. Representative from all of the PEBB Insurance programs will be available as well as representatives from Social Security, PERS Health, SHIBA (Medicare Information) and a variety of OSU resources. For additional information, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/openenrollment#benefits-fair

PEBB 2013 Open Enrollment & 2013 HEM presentations: Oct. 4, 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m., MU 206. PEBB will present an overview of 2013 plan changes and changes to the 2013 HEM. Seating is limited, so please register at: http://oregonstate.edu/training/ (class name is PEBB Open Enrollment Updates). This presentation will be streamed live the day/time of the event and also recorded/posted http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/openenrollment#benefits-fair

OSU Veterans Services: At the Oct. 4 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, veterans services adviser Gus Bedwell will discuss the steps he and colleagues are taking to meet veterans’ needs. Triad meets in the MU, room 211, from noon to 1 p.m. Guests are welcome to attend free of charge and pay $11 if they have lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

Terry Baker film: See historic film footage of Beaver athlete and Heisman Trophy winner Terry Baker. Clips include game highlights and “a day in the life.” Showings are scheduled for Oct. 4, noon to 1 p.m., Willamette Room West and Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Special Collections and Archives reading room, fifth floor of the Valley Library.

OWN Social: Join us for the 2012 OSU Women’s Network (OWN) Fall Social; Oct. 4, 4 to 5:30 pm, Memorial Union, Journey room. Dr. Marisa Chappell will speak on the topic of ‘Woman Suffrage and Women’s Citizenship.” Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Come reconnect with colleagues and friends and make new connections! All are welcome. To find out how you can support OWN, subscribe to our listserv or for information about OWN visit: oregonstate.edu/own/

Sopranos actor visits OSU: Joe Pantoliano will speak about the stigma of mental health and screen segments of his documentary “No Kidding, Me 2!!” on Oct. 11, 7 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets not required but seating is limited. DVD and books will be available for purchase.

Research Office New Faculty Orientation: New faculty are invited to come Oct. 11, to hear an overview of services that support faculty success in research such as navigating rules and regulations, successes in funding and more. Includes a panel discussion on working with Federal agencies. Breakfast and lunch provided. Register at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php For more information: 541-737-3467.

Beaver Strides Online Registration and Kickoff Open House: Fall term Beaver Strides online registration is happening now. http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/beaverstrides . The Beaver Strides Kickoff Open House takes place Oct. 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.in Plageman 322. Register ahead of time and pick up your free pedometers, tracking booklets and be entered to win prizes. Beaver Strides is a free physical activity program that encourages our participants to “step it up.”

University Outreach and Engagement Strategic Conference: Advancing the Engagement Mission. Featuring a keynote address by Dr. Barbara Holland and Dr. Judith Ramaley, both leaders in the area of community engagement and faculty at Virginia Tech’s Engagement Academy, followed by a faculty panel discussion and reception. The three-day conference will take place Oct. 29-31, with the keynote on Oct. 29, 1:45 p.m at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Learn more and register online at outreach.oregonstate.edu/conference.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar: Sean Megason, Biological & Biomedical Sciences, Harvard Medical School, will present a seminar “In toto imaging and modeling reveal higher scale principles of embryonic patterning” on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 3:30 p.m. in Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg 4001.

NEW! Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Special Seminar:  Charlene McQueen, Ph.D., Director of the Integrated Systems Toxicology Division at USEPA, will present a seminar – “The Arylamine N-Acetyltransferases (NAT) Conundrum: Solving the Puzzle” at noon  on Oct.  4  in 4001 Ag Life Sciences .

Corvallis Climate Change Impacts Community Seminar Series: Speaker Seth Wiggins of OSU will present “Rangeland Carbon Sequestration on Pacific NW Rangelands” on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. in ALS 4000.

Water, People & Institutions Seminar Series: Speaker Denise Lach of OSU’s School of Public Policy will present “Salmon: A crucible for translational ecology in the Pacific Northwest” on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. in ALS 4000.

Candidate forum: Robert Cowen, candidate for the Director of the Hatfield Marine Science Center, will present an open forum discussing his vision for the Hatfield Marine Science Center and his experience on October 4 from 11 a.m. to noon at the HMSC Library Seminar room in Newport. The open forum is open to the public and will be streamed live at

News for Employees

NEW! Flu Shot Clinics for Students/Faculty/Staff: Thursday, Oct. 4; Wednesday, Oct. 17; and Tuesday, Nov. 13, all in MU 109, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. while supplies last. Students: $15 (charged to student account). Faculty/Staff: $28 (cash, check, debit/credit, or charged to PEBB Insurance). Bring OSU ID card and Providence or PacificSource insurance cards. FluMist nasal vaccine also available. Details: 541-737-9355 or http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/flu.
NEW! Undergraduate Research Awards Program (URAP) 2012-13: College of Public Health and Human Sciences undergraduate students are eligible to apply for URAP 2012-2013.  It’s a great opportunity to learn research methods, gain skills for your career or graduate school and earn a stipend.  Stipends are $500 or $1000 per project, depending on student’s level of research experience.  View faculty research opportunities on Oct. 12.  Student applications are due Oct. 22.  Call 541-737-2689 or visit http://health.oregonstate.edu/urap.

Recreation Services Desk Extended Hours: Fall membership and locker rental sales are available at the Recreation Services Desk, (541) 737-3736. The desk will have extended hours until Friday, Oct. 5 (M-R 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Interested in Payroll Deduction? Download the form from our website: http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/payroll-deduction.

Mandatory Open Enrollment for 2013 PEBB Benefits & 2013 HEM: Oct. 1-Oct. 31. Benefit Eligible Employees – If you do not complete the Open Enrollment process, PEBB will assess you the tobacco and spouse/domestic partner surcharges and your medical plan deductible will be increased by $100 per person. For additional information, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/openenrollment

Research blog: The Faculty Innovator Award 2012 celebrates a faculty member whose extraordinarily high impact innovations from research have been translated into transformative results that help promote economic development and social progress. http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/researchupdate/2012/09/27/faculty-innovator-award-2012/

STEM teacher scholarships: The College of Education’s Professional Teacher Education Master’s Program in Science and Mathematics Education prepares science and mathematics teachers for teaching in grades 6-12. Scholarships for 2013-14 are available for qualified underrepresented graduate students who are interested in teaching in underrepresented schools: http://bit.ly/SUNOcL. Students receive their initial teaching license and Master of Science degree in either Science Education or Mathematics Education. For more information: askcoed@oregonstate.edu

Faculty Development: Applications for the L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund are due Oct.31. The L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund provides individual faculty members with grants of up to $2,200 for professional development activities that have a clear connection to the enhancement of teaching and student learning at OSU. Beginning this year, up to two grants for $4,400 may also be considered for exceptionally compelling and well-written proposals. Academic advising-related proposals are welcome. Applications and guidelines are available at: http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/grants


To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:

The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center invites applications for a Human Resources Consultant 2. This is a 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting #0009713. Closes Oct. 5.

Full-time Accountant 1 position in OSU’s Business Affairs/Office of Post Award Administration Office. Posting #0009716. Closes Oct. 8.

Veterinary Technician 2 Pool  – College of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9 month limited duration position. Posting #0009494. Closes Oct. 9.

University Housing & Dining Services Residential Education Unit is seeking applicants for an Administrative Program Specialist, full-time, 12-month, fixed term position.  Posting #0009740.  Closes Oct. 19.

The Research Office invites applications for two full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Institutional Review Board (IRB) Coordinator positions. The IRB Coordinator will assist the IRB Administrator in managing the privileged and confidential institutional review and approval process of proposed research activities involving human subjects to protect their safety, rights, and welfare. Posting # 0009690. Closes Oct. 15.

Chief Startup Officer. The Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (formerly the Office of Technology Transfer) seeks an individual with executive experience in at least two startup companies to facilitate the development and growth of new companies based on OSU research. Posting# 0009709. Closes Oct. 22.

The University Honors College invites applications for the position of Associate Dean. The role of the Associate Dean is to help provide innovative, pro-active leadership for the University Honors College. Appointment will be made from within the ranks of current OSU tenured or tenure-track faculty. This is a 12-month, .5 FTE fixed term professional faculty appointment. Posting # 0009640. Closing date is Oct. 31.

The Research Office invites applications for two full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Institutional Review Board (IRB) Coordinator positions. The IRB Coordinator will assist the IRB Administrator in managing the privileged and confidential institutional review and approval process of proposed research activities involving human subjects to protect their safety, rights, and welfare.  Posting # 0009737. Closes Nov. 16.

The OSU Alumni Association is seeking an experienced alumni professional to develop, lead and manage regional volunteer networks. The successful candidate will work with volunteers to develop programs to engage alumni within high-priority lifecycles: recent grads, families and mature alumni. This position will primarily develop and implement programs in California – home to more than 16,000 OSU alumni. www.osualum.com/jobs

INTO OSU has an immediate need for an IT Manager. This technical position is responsible for managing the integration of OSU academic systems to meet the needs of INTO OSU. The IT Manager is required to pro-actively manage and take ownership of assigned systems issues and development projects involving the student information system and related systems. For a complete job description and additional details, please email Rhonda Maillard at rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu.

Traffic and Maintenance

Truax: Due to electrical work associated with the Merritt Truax Indoor Practice Center Renovation Project, all electrical services to the building will be temporarily shut down. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Oct. 4 and should end by 5 p.m.


Corvallis: It will be a good deal cooler today as the high hovers around 70, the perfect temperature for a nice stroll. The low tonight will dip down to 39, and tomorrow night we may see our first frost of the season.

Central Oregon: The days and nights are getting cooler as we settle into October. Today’s high will be 76 with a chilly low tonight of 33.

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